Hon. Rev. Dr. Jayme Mathias -- an Austin community activist, a priest in the American Catholic Church, and the first openly-gay member of the Austin School Board -- joins Thorne Dreyer in a lively discussion of issues ranging from Pope Francis and his emphasis on inclusion, to the threat to public education from privatization and charter schools, to gentrification and displacement of minorities and the poor in East Austin.
Jayme Mathias is Secretary and District 2 Trustee of the Austin Independent School District (AISD) Board of Trustees, representing 55,000 voters primarily in East Austin where he has long been active in community issues like gentrification and immigration reform. The former pastor of Cristo Rey Catholic Church, Austin's largest Spanish-speaking congregation, Rev. Mathias left the Roman Catholic Church to establish Austin's first American Catholic congregation, the Holy Family American Catholic Church. The American Catholic church differs from the Roman church in its support of gender equality, a non-celibate clergy, and personal conscience on issues like abortion, divorce, and inclusion of the LGBTQ community.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz; Apprentice: Ioannis Gatsiounis. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) and on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Central). Contact: email@example.com. Running time: 55: 27.